Jess Ruliffson is Here to Talk Freelancing in Comics in 4 Live Sessions

At A Glance

When: For 4 weeks starting Wednesday March 20, 2024 5-7PM Eastern

Where: Online via Zoom

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Cost: $259

Materials: None

Bootleggers Guide to Freelancing

Do you want to learn how to break into the freelance comics world? In this course, we’ll spend four weeks going over some of the basics in getting your name in bright lights (aka publishing work with clients!) The scope of this course is centered on short form freelance comics, especially nonfiction, and graphic novel length book proposals. We’ll discuss sharpening your own voice and branding, finding clients, setting professional boundaries, contract do’s and don’ts, and how to turn freelance pieces into book-length work or material for a book proposal.

Student Testimonials

“Jess has a wide variety of resources and comics to illuminate the techniques she was teaching which was very helpful. Her skills and knowledge make her presentation of the material deeply engaging.”

“I am SO glad I took this workshop. The resources are phenomenal. Tom and Jess are so sharp and supportive, I learned a lot from listening to their instruction and their constructive thinking about everyone’s work. The instruction is very responsive to the needs and interests of the group. ”

“SAW classes are a great way to upgrade your skills in a warm and welcoming environment while making connections with lots of other folks who are doing the same. ”

In Detail

Week 1: Wednesday March 20, 2024 5PM to 7PM Eastern/2PM to 4PM Pacific - Defining Your Work: Self-Promotion – The Art of the Pitch Email

Week 2: Wednesday March 27, 2024 5PM to 7PM Eastern/2PM to 4PM Pacific - Defining Your Outlet: Finding Clients to Work With (and Optional Agent Querying for Book Projects) and Creating Positive Professional Relationship

Week 3: Wednesday April 3, 2024 5PM to 7PM Eastern/2PM to 4PM Pacific - The Fancy Book Deal: Graphic Novel Book Proposals, Primer on Self-Publishing

Week 4: Wednesday April 10, 2024 5PM to 7PM Eastern/2PM to 4PM Pacific - Sustainability Models for Freelancing: How to Do This and Not Burn Out - Q and A and final thoughts

Calls will include live instruction, discussion and exercises. 

Class videos, audios, chats and transcripts will be saved and archived. This course includes an exclusive community for sharing through the Mighty Network. 

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About the Instructor

Jess Ruliffson is an award-winning cartoonist. Her debut graphic novel, Invisible Wounds, is out now from Fantagraphics. In 2017, her comic I Trained to Fight The Enemy was shortlisted for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize. Her comics have appeared in Freeman's Tale of Two Americas, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gainesville Sun, BuzzFeed, The Nib, The Boston Globe, Pantheon Books, Wilson Quarterly, and The Oxford American. She teaches comics and painting at The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Jess is represented by Duvall Osteen at Aragi, Inc.

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